April 14, 2018 brianradio2016

A London judge has ruled that one businessman has a right to be forgotten and another does not, the Guardian reports. Justice Mark Warby’s Friday ruling compels Google to delete search findings about the criminal conviction of a claimant known publicly as NT2, while NT1’s conviction will remain online. NT1…

April 14, 2018 brianradio2016

One screen, one user.

But what happens when any screen can serve hundreds of users?

In Steven Spielberg’s 2002 sci-fi movie, Minority Report, billboards could display customized ads that addressed each passerby by name (or at least by the name of the person who provided one’s eyeballs). Every public holographic billboard became private, targeted and personalized for a couple of seconds as each person walked by.

In reality, the public will likely reject the Minority Report model of their personal data being used to trigger public ad personalization.

April 13, 2018 brianradio2016

Big Brother is not only watching, he’s got pretty sharp eyesight. A fugitive in China found this out the hard way when he got arrested at a pop concert attended by about 60,000 people—thanks to facial recognition technology. The man identified only as Mr. Ao traveled to the…

April 13, 2018 brianradio2016

Video: What would it take for Apple to turn the Mac mini into a Mac mini Pro?

An internal memo warning Apple employees that leaking information could result in legal action and criminal charges has, rather predictably, been leaked.

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The memo, which was seen by Bloomberg, claims that Apple “caught 29 leakers” last year alone, and that of those, 12 were arrested.

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The memo goes on to say that “leaked information about a new product can negatively impact sales of the current model,” and that it can “give rival companies more time to begin on a competitive response; and lead to fewer sales of that new product when it arrives.”

“We want the chance to tell our customers why the product is great, and not have that done poorly by someone else,” Greg Joswiak, an Apple product marketing executive, is quoted as saying in the memo.

The memo also details what happens to leakers who are caught.

“Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple. In some cases, they face jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of trade secrets both classified as federal crimes.”

It seems that the threat of even severe penalties wasn’t enough to keep news of the memo from leaking.

The memo goes as far as to name an outlet that had been receiving information about future products.

“Global Security’s digital forensics also helped catch several employees who were feeding confidential details about new products including iPhone X, iPad Pro and AirPods to a blogger at 9to5Mac.”

The full text of the memo can be read over at Bloomberg.

Apple has a workforce of 135,000, and one of the biggest and most convoluted supply chains in the business, so clamping down on leaks is going to be hard. And if the company’s efforts in 2017 are anything to go by, it’s a battle that the Cupertino giant seems to be losing.

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April 13, 2018 brianradio2016

A Windows Ink engineer has confirmed that there’s a bug in the third Win10 1709 March Cumulative Update, KB 4089848, that breaks common pen movements in Photoshop, Lightroom and CS Paint. Looks as if the same problem bedevils this month’s 1709 Cumulative Update, KB 4093112, as well. Microsoft, it seems, decided to break pen behavior in Win10 1709 without any notification or explanation.

Early this month, DavideV, on the Microsoft Answers forum, posted a rather strange observation:

I’m on a Surface Pro 4 and Photoshop CC used to work just fine for me but recently I’m experiencing the following problem: often in Brush mode the pen moves the canvas around instead of drawing. This is almost always the case when starting a vertical stroke, less so for horizontal ones.

This happens:

  • both with and without Photoshop gestures enabled
  • with both the new and old Surface pen
  • with and without hardware acceleration enabled in ps (note: without hardware acceleration, moving the canvas around is comically slow).

Please note that my Surface pen is working normally other than in this specific instance. All other drawing or writing applications work as usual. I therefore suspect this is a Photoshop specific problem, but I’m posting here just in case anyone else has seen the problem and/or knows of any obscure Windows Setting that could potentially affect this.

Ends up that DavideV hit a bug in the March 22 Cumulative Update to Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709. You’ll be forgiven if you’ve lost track of all the 1709 cumulative updates, but KB 4089848 is the third cumulative update for 1709 released in March. Microsoft hasn’t yet confirmed the bug, but it now looks as if the same bug also appears in this month’s (first) Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4093112.

On Wednesday, Microsoft MVP and community moderator Barb Bowman posted a detailed explanation of the bug, simply describing it thusly:

April 13, 2018 brianradio2016

Law enforcement interest in iPhone encryption-cracking hardware from two new companies is a strong indication that Apple no longer claims the mobile security high ground.

“What this means, if it’s true, is that people who thought all of their communications were totally secure shouldn’t feel so confident going forward,” said Jack Gold, principal analyst with J. Gold Associates. “But, then security has always been a tug of war between the ones implementing it and the ones trying to break it.”

In February, reports surfaced that an Israel-based technology vendor, Cellebrite, had discovered a way to unlock encrypted iPhones running iOS 11 and were marketing the product to law enforcement and private forensics firms around the world. According to a police warrant obtained by Forbes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had been testing the technology.

Shortly thereafter, Grayshift emerged as a different company that had developed an inexpensive black box that could unlock any iPhone; this week Motherboard reported that local and regional U.S. police departments and the federal government have been purchasing the technology.

April 13, 2018 brianradio2016

Google has rolled out updates to Sheets, including the ability to record macros – part of the company’s plan to appeal to more business users with it G Suite cloud product portfolio. 

Macro recording provides a way to automate repetitive tasks within the G Suite spreadsheet tool, potentially saving users hours of duplicated effort.

The macro recorder lets users record actions within Sheets and then play them back without writing code. Once recorded, a macro is automatically converted into an Apps Script – a Google scripting language derived from JavaScript. This can be later edited to update the macro, rather than forcing users to re-record it completely. 

It is also possible to write custom Apps Script functions and import them as new macros, Google said. 

April 13, 2018 brianradio2016

Apple is updating its products and services to bring the company in line with the EU’s forthcoming privacy protection rules, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Among other improvements, customers will be able to download all the information Apple keeps about them.

What is GDPR?

The GDPR rules are designed to bring existing data protection laws into the 21st century. They give individuals the right to see what information companies hold about them, oblige business to handle data more responsibly, and put a new set of fines and regulations in place. Almost any entity that handles personal data will be impacted by the GDPR rules.

These changes may be taking place in Europe, but there is expectation most big tech firms will apply similar protections outside Europe, which will give more effective protection to most people — which is a good thing.

Why it matters

Europe’s tough stance on personal privacy had already prompted many in the tech industry to get their act together. The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal means many more of us now understand why such protection matters, particularly at a point in human history at which so much of what happens next will be defined by artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics. This information is powerful.

April 13, 2018 brianradio2016

In one of the most bizarre patching contortions I’ve seen in a long time, Microsoft originally released this month’s Win7/Server 2008R2 Monthly Rollup patch, KB 4093118, with a little bit of southern lagniappe.

As I mentioned earlier this week, if you wanted to install this month’s Monthly Rollup and didn’t want to clobber your Network Interface Card (NIC) or any of your manually set IP addresses, you had to manually install the security-only patch KB 4093108 ahead of time.

Patching by prescience, as it were. There’s a Great Carnak joke in there somewhere.

Late last night, Microsoft released a new version of its wayward Monthly Rollup. This new version, we’re assured (per the updated KB article), addresses the following: